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What do in budapest?

Postby Jos » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:19 pm UTC

Firstly; My memory says there's a travel board somewhere, but I can't seem to find it. Mod's by all means smite down upon this thread.

H'okay. I'm finding myself in budapest at the moment, with some time to spare. What should I do while here?
So far my list consists of:
Traditional bathing, visiting one of the orchestras and in some way trying the local cusine. But I need more, and I'd love som specifics.

Thanks in advance
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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby EvilDuckie » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:51 pm UTC

I've only been there once and that was 12 years ago, so things may have changed...

The "Hosuk Tere" (Heroes Square) is a nice place to visit. Lots of people seem to go there to hang out, ride skateboards and bikes and stuff. It's right next to the big park. The road from the square into downtown, "Andrasy Boulevard", is a nice walk.

The island in the Danube is worth seeing too. The other river bank (Pest) with the palace and citadel offers some nice views of the entire city (if you get up the hills).

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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby Jos » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:55 pm UTC

Thanks; that's something at least. But I'm going to be here for a while, so if anyone has more suggestions, respond!
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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby oagersnap » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:15 pm UTC

There is a really cool underground (in more than one sense of the word) bar called Vittula at Kértész utca 4, VII. kerülete. It's very well hidden, hard to see from the outside, and it's often packed with people and quite smoky, but there's a really great atmosphere, and it's cheap. It's a very international place - probably more English is spoken there than Hungarian.

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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby Zohar » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:28 pm UTC

I've never been but I suggest checking the Wikitravel article if you haven't already.
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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby Dave_Wise » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:03 pm UTC

Try the tsoika- I forget the hungarian word for it, but it's a kind of schnapps made with plums. It's like the national drink of hungary and Romania.
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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby charolastra » Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:19 pm UTC

Budapest was one of the cities I traveled to where I just focused on "existing". Rather than run from place to place, it was a nice city to people-watch, hang out in cafes, and talk to other students (as I was a 20 year old studying abroad in the UK at the time), and just be.

One thing you CANNOT miss is the old synagogue and the surrounding ghetto. The synagogue is arguably the largest in the world (some contention as to if the synagogue in NYC is larger) and is the only place in Europe where the Jewish population is growing- especially among youths. I am Jewish and was traveling with Jewish companions through Central and Eastern Europe to see Jewish historical sites so perhaps that fact is more important to me than the general population, but the museum and tour itself were wonderful. They have tourguides speaking all major languages and most have some kind of personal connection to the Holocaust. My guide was the daughter of a Jewish Holocaust survivor who met her Christian father while he was smuggling food to the Jews in the ghetto. Amazing.

There is also a church that holds a box where if you put a coin in, it will light up to show an embalmed "holy hand".

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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby bosonicyouth » Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:01 am UTC

Eat cakes

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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby torontoraptor » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:10 am UTC

Find a random bar, sit down, start drinking and make friends with the locals. Guaranteed* to make for awesome fun times


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Re: What do in budapest?

Postby dumbzebra » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:06 pm UTC

You can´t spell "budapest" without "ape".
I think the rest is selfexplanatory....
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